Despite the fact they split, The Jam still swept the board. As for the others, our NME person said: “If one ignores the votes cast for The Jam and looks instead at the runner-up spot in each category a more varified and shifting picture emerges; in this new hierarchy, Simple Minds have risen to number two band, Kid Creole And The Coconuts make second best live act and Elvis Costello is runner up both as songwriter and male singer.”
Best Group
The Jam
Best Male Singer
Paul Weller
Best Female Singer
Siouxsie Sioux
Creep Of The Year
Margaret Thatcher
Most Wonderful Human Being
Paul Weller
Best Songwriter
Paul Weller
Best Single
The Jam – ‘A Town Called Malice’
Best Longplayer
The Jam – ‘The Gift’
Best Live Act
The Jam
Best Dancefloor Favourite
Wham! – ‘Young Guns Go For It’
Best Dressed Sleeve
Siouxie & The Banshees – ‘A Kiss In The Dreamhouse’
Event Of The Year
The Jam Split
Best Dressed Male
Paul Weller
Best Dressed Female
Siouxsie Sioux
Best Haircut
Paul Weller
Best Electronics
Vince Clark
Best Guitarist
Paul Weller
Best Bassist
Bruce Foxton
Best Drummer
Rick Buckler
Best Miscellaneous Instrument
The Emerald Express, Violin
Best Radio Show
John Peel
Best Music Video
Madness – ‘House Of Fun’
Best TV Show
‘The Young Ones’
Best Film